Viceroy’s Body Guard. The Indian Army was the principal army of India before independence from the United Kingdom in 1947. It was responsible for the defence of both British India and the Princely states, which could also have their own armies. The Indian Army was an important part of the British Empire’s forces, both in India and abroad. The term “Indian Army” appears to have been first used informally, as a collective description of the Presidency armies (the Bengal Army, the Madras Army and the Bombay Army) of the Presidencies of British India, particularly after the Indian Rebellion. The first army officially called the “Indian Army” was raised by the government of India in 1895, existing alongside the three long-established presidency armies. However, in 1903 the Indian Army absorbed these three armies. The Indian Army should not be confused with the “Army of India” (1903–1947) which was the Indian Army itself plus the “British Army in India” (British units sent to India.) This original antique print is entitled, ‘Uniform of the Viceroy‘s Body Guard.’ It was published in “Souvenir from the Royal Naval and Military Bazaar. Organized by Charles Peter Little. In aid of H.R.H. Princess Christian’s Homes for Disabled Soldiers and Sailors. Held June 19th 20th 21st 1900. Being a collection of drawings by John Charlton.” Dated in the plate 1897, published 1900. Vivid colour printing by Dangerfield Printing Co. Ltd. of Bedford Street, London.